Albanian Alps taster (Theth & Valbona) (shorter version)
Explore independently the Accursed Mountains at your own pace. Gorgeous walking trails in Theth and Valbona – two of the most remarkable valleys in the Dinaric Alps, both dominated by towering mountains and traditional alpine houses. Throughout the tour you will be walking backed up with everything you need to enjoy safely one of the least known gems on the hiking map of Europe. Visits to Shkodra and modern Tirana are part of our best selling program for self-guided hiking treks in Albania.
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Duration6 Days I Tour Difficulty: 3 (of 5)
What is includedEn-suite rooms throughout - simple, clean family-run guesthouses & middle-class hotels; 5x breakfasts, 4x lunch packs (Days 2-5), 3x dinners (Days 2-4); Luggage transfers (many of them by horses; limit of 15kg per person (1 soft bag, no suitcases!); Detailed road book, maps, vouchers, Mix of private transfers & public transport (pick-up from accommodation!);
What is not includedDrinks, and meals not specified as "Included"; Tips; Insurance, Museum entry fees; GPS rental (€35; if required, should be paid at the time of booking); Transfers at irregular hours (8 pm to 7 am): €20 / each transfer
Best periodJune, July, August, September
Day 1: Arrival to Shkodra - historic capital & gateway to the Alps (included transfer from Tirana or Podgorica airport)
Day 2: Into the Accursed Mountains: boat ride on Koman Lake and warm up walk in the Valbona National Park (7km, 3hrs, +250m/-50m)
Day 3: Heights of Valbona: hike to Hamlet Kukaj, colorful meadows & meet hospitable shepherds (12km, 5-5,30hrs, +750m/-700m)
Day 4: The grand crossing: hike from Valbona to Theth (15km, 6,30hrs, +750m/-1125m)
Day 5: Theth exploration and transfer to Tirana (6km, 3hrs, +200m/-200m)
Day 6: Farewell Albania!